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Marty TTop Contributor: Fantasy Books
5.0 out of 5 starsGood mysteries to solve, and deeper character study
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
Can you read this as a standalone, yes but you miss a lot of world building and character development. Example, in book one, Eric basically grunted and said "f@@@" pretty much as his vocabulary, now he actually responds with whole words and well thought responses to Casey, especially. Rockton isn't as prominent a character as it has been in previous books, we get to see the outside world, the First Settlement as well as the Second Settlement, and understand the hostiles much better and some of the inhabitants in each. We still get a good mystery, a murder and tracking missing people adventures, some easily achieved and some with a threat of loss of life. Mainly we dig deeper into Casey and Eric both the spoken and unspoken of past, present and future. The story is good character development of people we've come to care for as well as the psychological thrill of the mysteries Casey seeks to solve. Already looking forward to the next installment.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
Rockton is such an interesting town. It is located in the Yukon, far from civilization. Its denizens are there to escape one thing or another. Some, but not all, are criminals, and it is supposed to be temporary. Now add quirky characters, the surrounding wilderness, and mysteries just waiting to be solved.
I have loved this series, but book five seemed a little different, Casey seemed to be overly introspective, but it was still a wonderful read. It focused more on the hostiles and the two settlements and that was a positive. There was also a wolf in the wild who was a fun addition.
Nonstop acton from start to finish. This book was a page turning delight, with no slow points. Character development was strong - you got a feel for everyone introduced and returning characters remained consistent with their growth.
While one can pick this book up blind, having the background knowledge to these characters is advised for the full story and why certain parts matter so much.
This is one of my favorite series and it definitely didn't disappoint!
Damn you, Kelley Armstrong, you made me tear up! A wonderful tale in Rockton and well worth the wait. As always, Armstrong weaves a suspenseful, and at times, humorous storyline filled with solid characters and enough twists to keep the reader enthralled. Bravo.
5.0 out of 5 starsA bit more introspective than previous books in the series
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
Love this series and this latest book was great. I love getting back into the Rockton mindset and all the detailed descriptions of the beautiful Yukon scenery. There's a mystery as usual here but a lot more digging into both Casey's and Eric's pasts and where they are going as a couple. I tried to take my time reading it because I didn't want it to end but as with just about all of Kelley Armstrong's books, I couldn't put it down and enjoyed the characters so much.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
I've read all of the Rockton series and I absolutely love them. I think they just keep getting better. Love the characters, plot line ,mystery and always plenty of action. Has my interest right from the beginning until the very end, which always seems to come too soon. I can't wait for the next one.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
Realistic? Maybe not, but it is fiction and very entertaining. I would relocate there in a moment if it really existed... without being a criminal of course. I listed to the book on audible, and the narrator does a wonder job with inflection and character voices. I will keep buying them as long as Kelley Armstrong keeps writing them.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2020
Rockton is a very unusual town. In the middle of the Yukon territory it's like something from the old west. A complete lack of technology, no electricity, phones, indoor plumbing it's life at its most basic. But the people living there don't mind the deprivations, everyone in Rockton is hiding from something or someone, mainly the law. For a price "The council" -----who control access to Rockton----- allow entry for a fixed term ,usually two years of so, which allows people to make plans to get a new start somewhere else. As a result The town is full of people hiding who they really are and why they needed to hide out in Rockton The only exception is the town sheriff Eric Dalton, raised in Rockton The son of the previous sheriff he knows no other way of life and is content with the way things are. His life Changes when Cassie comes to town in the modern world she was a homicide detective and was given entry into Rockton because Dalton needs help policing the town dealing with crimes beyond his investigative skills. By the end of book one Cassie and Dalton have developed a personal relationship which grows and develops in the preceding stories. Now Cassie has been in Rockton a out eighteen months, Christmas is on the horizon and it's the quiet time in the sheriffs department. Dalton and Cassie take advantage.by going on a little hiking trip but not all goes as planned Cassie finds a baby in the snow, swaddled up in the arms of a dead woman with no sign of where she came from. They rush the baby back to town for emergency care where they find the dead woman is not the baby's mother. This leaves a dilemma do they go looking for people who may have abandoned a baby to die in the wilderness or do they do everything in their power to try to reunite a mother with her baby.
4.0 out of 5 starsTwisty, turny mystery set in a secret settlement
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2020
In this fifth book about the tiny town deep in the Yukon which houses those running from their pasts the investigation takes an unusual turn when Casey finds a dead woman cradling a tiny baby deep in the woods.
In the search for the baby's mother Casey and Sheriff Eric Dalton discover more about the other settlers who have eschewed Rockton to live an even more basic life. Looking after a baby raises more questions for Casey and Eric and their relationship. Can Casey give the baby back to its parents, and what if the parents don't deserve to keep the baby?
As always, the truth uncovered is twisty, turny and very dark. Loved it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2020
This was a very good story, it was great to catch up with Casey. The story wandered a bit, personally I would have like it more of a focus on Rockton, there was a lot of travelling, necessary to the story. I just enjoy the characters of Rockton and the day to day stuff better. I will definitely read any others in the series and would recommend people read the first book before this one.
5.0 out of 5 starsKelley Armstrong does it again! Fab!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2020
I love Kelley Armstrong and this Rockton book is not disappointing. I have read all the Rockton novels so far and it amazes me where she takes the story next. I would recommend reading the other books first so you understand the characters and their relationships. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2020
Another brilliant addition to the series and perhaps my favourite. Casey discovers a live baby in the ice-cold wilderness, clutched by a dead woman. What happened? The story looks at the ethics of keeping a child with birth parents and also at how and why people live in the wilderness. The latter is especially fascinating. Adored this book and it had me gripped. Plus I always enjoy Casey and Eric's relationship.